Houstonians take immense pride in their beloved Water Wall (2800 Post Oak Blvd., 713/850-8841). Located southwest of downtown near the Galleria , this six-story structure is exactly what it sounds like—a giant wall of cascading water. But it needs to be experienced to be truly appreciated. The structure is semi-circular shaped, and the hypnotic sound of falling water is especially mesmerizing.
The gentle mist provides a soothing respite from a hot summer day, and the experience is even cooler at night thanks to the dramatic lighting (and “cooler” temperatures in the 80s). Considered by many to be the most romantic spot in town, the water wall is typically bustling with couples on dates or even getting married.
The nearby colossal 64-story-tall Williams/Transco Tower offers a nice urban complement to the scene. Parking can be a hassle—try to snag a spot in the nearby West Drive parking garage, which doesn’t charge a fee after 9 p.m. weekdays or on weekends.